Lambo ditches its deep growl
Part of the thrill of buying a Lamborghini is having an engine that growls louder than just about anything else on the road. That may eventually change.
The Volkswagen (VW) supercar brand has unveiled the Asterion, its first plug-in vehicle.
The vibrant blue Lamborghini concept car glided soundlessly on to a stage at the Paris Motor Show yesterday using electric power.
“The sound of the motor is, among other things, in the DNA of the brand,” Stephan Winkelmann, head of the Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy-based car maker, said at a VW event.
The option to drive without emissions and engine noise “could work, and we believe there could be a future for this”, he said.
The show car, which combines three electric motors with a V10 engine for a total of 910Hp, can be switched between pure electric and the traditional combustion power.
The model shows how emissions are playing a role even in elite performance brands.
The motor industry is struggling to comply with ever tighter environmental regulations and still meet consumer demand for cars that are affordable and offer the performance that buyers expect.
VW chief executive Martin Winterkorn expressed concern that EU emissions regulations would get even tougher after 2020.
That said, he acknowledged there was no going back, with the car maker presenting plug-in hybrid versions of the VW Passat and Porsche Cayenne.
The Asterion, which accelerates to 100km/h in as little as three seconds, according to the company, is bigger than the Huracan and the Aventador.